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I'm working on a doodlebug,
that will have electronics taking up most of the interior. 

I want to use something for the windows,
that looks like glass from the outside, but won't show what's inside.
 
Plastruct has mirrored styrene in silver and smoke grey that sounds like it would work,
but at $20 per 12" square I didn't want to invest in it without asking here first.
 
Does anyone here have a good suggestion for a material that would work well for this?

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How about a very light waft of Testors Dullcote,

on the inside surface of clear window (packaging?) material or microscope slide cover slips?



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Doug

That's a good idea,
sounds like it would give me what I'm looking for.
 
I think the mirror backing of the Plastruct stuff,
would look too much like.......a mirror.

Thanks for the suggestion.

- Tom


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Yeah,

I used Dullcoat over clear plastic for windows,
on a hack model I knew I wouldn't get an interior done for it for a very long time
(if ever).

Worked great:





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Slateworks, Lee B

Thanks for the suggestion of Dullcoat sprayed on clear plastic. 

I picked up a pack of clear plastic for running through a printer. 
It's "paper thin" and comes as just clear or with a peel off sticky back. 
I bought the sticky back by accident but sprayed the clear coat on the sticky back side.

When it dried it sealed out the sticky and the translucent effect is what I was looking for. 
I used super glue to attach the glass.

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Vellum (Michael's or AC Moore) may work.

It is available in clear (frosted), gold, or maybe other colors.



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On my model all the windows have multiple frames, 
most of them have 20 per.  

I'm getting ready to add the glazing to the painted frames, 
and was wondering about the best way to go about it.  

Should I just glue the edges?  
Should I clean off the paint first?  
Use plastic solvent or super glue?  

These are all Grandt Line or the equivalent from Tichy, 
so they're styrene frames (I assume) with some sort of plastic glazing.  

In the recent past, 
I've done some single frame windows with home made glazing. 
 
Haven't done any windows with mullions in many years.  
What would you recommend?

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I merged the last post onto your existing glass and window topic


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I can see why this post has been moved but it breaks the continuity of the Roundhouse thread in so doing.

Readers who follow just the Roundhouse thread could miss the outcome now.

Copying it across, leaving the original where it was, would have been better.


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The post wasnt merged from the roundhouse thread and never would be

It was merged from being the 1st post in another new window thread


Things are only moved or merged if it is of benefit in some way or other


Merging new 1 post threads into almost identical topics is one such benefit

It helps Freerails members find more relevant subject matter in 1 place


As both threads were by the same poster it was an obvious slam dunk


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That's reassuring then.


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What's happened here justifies my concern. 
The only replies to my post have been arguments about administration control and interference. 
It might have been more productive if admin had taken a minute to answer my question,
in addition to discussing their need for control. 
Now the thread's subject is lost.

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Exactly the point I was making too Tom.

And I see that my most recent post has been eradicated.

Such is life!


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You said in your "most recent post" Edit that it was a double post

Which it was and at exactly the same time as "That's reassuring then"


I assumed you wanted it "eradicated" as you call it

You said it was a "double post"


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" What's happened here justifies my concern. 
The only replies to my post have been arguments about administration control and interference. 
It might have been more productive if admin had taken a minute to answer my question
in addition to discussing their need for control. 
Now the thread's subject is lost "


The only "interference" here as far as I can see

Is the following misguided comment by Slateworks who clearly jumped to the wrong conclusion

Just to say yet again nothing has been moved from the roundhouse thread


" I can see why this post has been moved but it breaks the continuity of the Roundhouse thread in so doing.
Readers who follow just the Roundhouse thread could miss the outcome now.
Copying it across, leaving the original where it was, would have been better "


Admin. not only spend the lions share of their personal spare time maintaining Freerails

They also spend a significant amount of money in doing so as well


" It might have been more productive if admin had taken a minute to answer my question
in addition to discussing their need for control "


This kind of comment made above is simply not welcome here

Admin. does not answer questions about modeling

They administer Freerails


There is no need for "control" as you put it but a need for presentation and organisation

Freerails would not currently exist without Admins. continuing major efforts

Something which some Members seem to overlook


" Now the thread's subject is lost "


It does look to me very much like that is what you both are achieving here

Whos posts are contributing to loosing the subject in hand ?

Admins. one and only comment ever in this thread would have been


" I merged the last post onto your existing glass and window topic "


But that simple line and Admin. doing their thankless work was not the end of it

Think about it


You want to spend all your free time running Freerails and pay for it as well ?

Maybe you both can do a better job


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And I too appreciate the efforts put into maintaining this and any other forum to which I belong.
I also accept that the moderators have the right to make changes but consultation is preferable to controversy.

And as far as my eradicated post is concerned, whilst it started as a duplicate,
it was edited to be in effect a compliment to the administrative process.


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" the moderators have the right to make changes but consultation is preferable to controversy "


The only controversy I see is that Administration is being criticized for doing their job

Admin. has neither the time nor inclination to "consult" on presenting tiny threads well


Merging a 5 post thread on glass to a likely 5 post thread on glue doesnt need "consultation"

It is common practice to consolidate appropriate threads on any well run internet forum


Perhaps it doesnt make sense to some having glass and what glue to use in 1 thread

But to anyone who is not seeking to make mountains out of mole hills it is likely fine



" And as far as my eradicated post is concerned, whilst it started as a duplicate,
it was edited to be in effect a compliment to the administrative process "


Nice to hear now correctly that the "eradicated post" was a double post as you said before

One line of text with typos didnt look like "a compliment to the administrative process" to me


If you dont want a double post "eradicated" dont Edit it and state that it is a "double post"

Its very misleading to other members suggesting a post has been "eradicated" for no reason


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OK Eddie, you're the moderator, have it your way. Life's too short and I'm done.



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" OK Eddie, you're the moderator, have it your way "



Its not a case of "have it your way"

I am not a moderator either I am the Administrator


It is not customary for forum members to harass Admins. running of the site

Especially not regarding the total and utter triviality of merging a few posts


This essentially trivial exchange during today I sadly have had to answer though

It would be far easier not to waste my time and simply remove the comments

But that is not how things are done here as I have shown in explaining


If you dont like the huge continuous effort Admin. puts into Freerails dont look at it

I am not here to discuss minute and trivial details with members or be insulted by them

If you think you have a pertinent comment show some common sense and send a PM


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I use GS Hypo cement. 

It doesn't cloud transparent film.

Recommended by notable UK structure builder, Geoff Taylor.

https://www.geofftaylormodels.com






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